Oranjestad, Aruba, April 10th 2015--For the 4th edition of the Miami and the Beaches Environmental Film Festival (MBEFF), the Prime Minister of Aruba Mike Eman, will participate as keynote speaker during opening night in the Colony Theater in Miami Beach on April 15th. The 5 day event centralized around this year’s topic, Climate Change Awareness, will address environmental issues through films and documentaries to an international audience.
Aruba certainly deserves this honor as the island is well on its way to becoming the ‘greenest’ island in the Caribbean in their efforts to rely solely on renewably energy by the year 2020. Just last month the National Geographic World Legacy Award awarded Aruba for their sustainable (tourism) practices at the ITB in Berlin, the world largest tourist convention. MBEFF Project coordinator Shamina de Gonzaga: “Aruba serves as an example on a global level, it’s a small community with high aspirations and we think that their commitment to be fossil fuel free in 2020 is very inspirational to others”.
Honoring their partnership with Sir Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room, Aruba has aggressively invested in their natural solar/wind resources and realized major green projects such as wind farms, an airport solar park, a waste- to- energy plant, smart communities and a $1 billion dollar investment largely focused on eco-tourism. The island has already saved $50 million a year through these initiatives and other Caribbean islands are following in their footsteps by following the ‘Aruba Model’.
Locals, tourists and hotels also collaborate to protect Aruba’s environment and beaches; multiple hotel properties have been investing in sustainability and green solutions for years, embracing certification programs such as Green Globe, Travelife, EarthCheck and more. Moreover beach protection programs such as the AHATA Beach Clean Up, sea life protection programs such as the Turtuga Aruba, Aruba Reef Care and the Aruba Marine Park Foundation all serve to protect Aruba’s beaches and waters. On land the National Park Arikok is the biggest protected nature reserve, about 20% of Aruba, and the largest national park in the Caribbean.
Visit www.mbenvironmentalfilmfestival.org for the complete program of the MBEFF.
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